Fellow Japanese aircraft enthusiast William Reece has very kindly sent me photographs of two of his beautiful aircraft models.
The Zero was made using the 1/48th scale Hasegawa kit and represents an A6M2 Model 11 of the 12th Naval Air Group in China during 1940. William painted the model using Polly Scale #414317 Concrete for the 'Olive Gray-Green' (following Jim Lansdale's artifact matches) and Tamiya XF-12 IJN Gray for the light gray. The kit decals were used.
The second model, a stunning Army Shoki of the 47th Hiko Sentai (Flying Regiment), was also built from a 1/48th scale Hasegawa kit. William finished the model in Floquil Bright Silver for the natural metal and Tamiya XF-14 IJA Gray for the fabric covered control surfaces.
Click on the images to see the full size versions. Comments are welcome.
Thanks very much, William, and I look forward to being able to post more photographs of your excellent models here. I hope that others will contribute theirs too - just send them via my contact details on the sidebar.
Images & models credit: © William Reece 2008